Bowman returns to practice field (Football)

August 26, 2009

Second-year Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman of Anchorage was back at practice this week after recovering from a hamstring injury that had kept him out of the team’s first two preseason games.

“It felt good to get out there, run around a little bit, and do some backpedaling and planting and catching the ball,” Bowman told the team’s Web site. “It’s football. I’ve been watching film and getting the mental reps in. The only thing I really have to do is go back out there and get running again.”

A former Bartlett High standout that later starred at the University of Nebraska, Bowman made quite the pro debut last season by scoring a defensive touchdown when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone and then sealing the win with a late-game interception. But a biceps injury needed surgery and ended his season after just one game.

Now, after a strong training camp, he’s being touted by some as a potential starter opposite veteran Charles Tillman.

“It’s going to be interesting,” he told the team’s Web site. “I haven’t been out there going full speed for a while, but I am confident in myself and confident in what I can do, so we’ll just take it from there.”

The Bears play at Denver on Sunday night. The game is televised by NBC, starting at 4 p.m. in Alaska. Bowman wears jersey No. 35.

The game actually will feature two Alaskans – Anchorage’s Chris Kuper is the starting right guard for the Broncos. Kuper is No. 73.